Volleyball Coaches


Head Coach

Assistant coach

Rose  Washington,  Head Coach
15th Year • Jackson State University

Rosemarie Washington begins her 15th year at the helm of the Lady Tigers volleyball
program in 2016. Washington is one of the premiere volleyball coaches in the HBCU ranks and she continues to build her program on discipline, dedication, hard work and the ability to teach and develop student-athletes. Over her previous 14 years at the helm of the JSU program, Washington has made her program one of the most successful in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

During her tenure at JSU, she has recorded a 241-270 overall record, to go along with
five SWAC Eastern Division titles and three SWAC Tournament Championships. Her teams have won 24 or more games three times (2010, 2011 and 2012). Washington has the most career wins in JSU volleyball history.

In 2011 the Lady Tigers won their first Southwestern Athletic Conference title and
made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. They carried their 2011 success into 2012 picking up their second SWAC title and an additional NCAA Tournament appearance. The Lady Tigers repeated the feat for a third time during the 2016
season for a third title and NCAA Tournament appearance. Washington also received the honor of being named SWAC 2011, 2012, and 2013 Volleyball Coach of the Year.

In addition to her coaching duties, Washington has served the JSU Division of
Athletics in other capacities. From 2009-11, she served as the assistant athletics director of internal affairs, where she oversaw athletics administrative assistants, secretaries, facilities and athletic trainers. She was a member of the JSU APR Task Force from 2010-2012 and the Jackson State Sports Hall of Fame Selection
Committee from 2009-present. She served on the Southwestern Athletic Conference Strategic Planning Committee (2014-present), the AVCA Division I Volleyball Coaches Committee (2011-present) and the NCAA Division I Regional Selection Committee (2002-2005, 2011-present).

Washington is a 1977 graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in health and physical education. She served as the Lady Tigers graduate assistant from 1978 to 1980 while earning her master’s in health and physical education. During her two seasons with JSU, she helped establish a successful club team. In 1980, she moved to Baton Rouge, La., to serve as the Southern University head volleyball coach for two seasons.

Before her return to JSU, Washington lived in Los Angeles, where she operated her own business Upon returning to Jackson, Miss. in 1999, she volunteered as a coach for youth recreational volleyball and basketball leagues.

A native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Washington was a four-sport athlete before attending JSU. She represented the Virgin Islands on numerous all-star basketball, volleyball and softball teams.

Joelle  Mafo,  Assistant Coach
5th Year • Arkansas State University

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Joelle Mafo enters her fifth season as the assistant coach with the Jackson State women’s volleyball team.

She was a part of the team that won the 2012 Eastern Division Championship, the 2012 SWAC Championship, 2015 Eastern Division Championship, and the 2015 SWAC

Championship. This in turn, gave Jackson State an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament for the second and third time in the school history.

Mafo is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association; and was a recipient of the AVCA Minority Volleyball Coaches scholarship in 2012.

During the 2015 off season, Mafo was the head coach of the Mississippi Impact 18’s Club Team. Her team improved their skills and finished second in the silver bracket at the Memphis Challenge Tournament, and finished second of the silver bracket at the Birmingham Valentine’s day Bash Tournament.

She came to JSU after serving as a graduate assistant at Arkansas Tech University. While at Arkansas Tech, Mafo was a member of the staff that won both the 2011 Great American Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Golden Suns won the Gulf SouthConference East division championship in 2010. 

Mafo is a graduate of Arkansas State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science/Health Promotion degree in 2008. While at Arkansas State she was a two-year letter-winner (2007-08) as a right side hitter. In her two seasons  with the Red Wolves, Joelle played in 199 sets and 57 matches, including making 42 starts. In her career, she recorded 568 kills (2.85 kps),   142 digs (0.71 dps) and 82 blocks (0.41 bps).    As a junior in 2007, Joelle recorded double-digit kills in 16 matches and finished second on the team in kills. As a senior in 2008, Joelle was third on the team in kills and blocks and hit 222 in 101 sets.

Prior to playing at Arkansas State, Joelle played two seasons at Missouri State-West Plains, where she won NJCAA National Championships in 2005 and 2006. While at MS-WP, she led the team to back-to-back third-place finishes. She was named a Preseason All-American in 2006 and was a two-time All-Region 16 selection. In her two years at MS-WP, Joelle led the team to a 40-9 record (2005) and a 41-6 mark (2006) as both a middle blocker and outside hitter

Joelle was also a member of the Cameroon National Volleyball team and was part of the team that was qualified for the 2006 volleyball world league in Japan. She also participated in the All African games as a player, and won the bronze medal with her country at the 2003 African Cup of Nations.

Mafo earned a Master’s of Science degree in College Student Personnel in 2012.